butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean

1 chiefly Southern US and Midland US
a :lima bean 2
Note: The name butter bean is used chiefly for either a small white or pale green lima bean or a large white to tannish lima bean.
b :a plant (Phaseolus lunatus) that bears butter beans
3 :a green shell bean especially as opposed to a snap bean

First Known Use of butter bean

1821


BUTTER BEAN Defined for English Language Learners

butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of small, flat bean : a small lima bean

  • : a lima bean that is dried before it is sold


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